The Office of Graduate Studies congratulates recipients of the 2009 Folsom Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis awards, the Graduate Teaching and Research awards, and the Excellence in Graduate Education awards. See also: Awardees from other years.


2009 Lowe R. & Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

Funded by the Folsom family through the University of Nebraska Foundation, this award recognizes and rewards distinguished scholarship and research at the doctoral level. Nominated dissertations represent original work making an extraordinarily significant contribution to the discipline.

This year's recipient is David Miller. Miller completed his doctorate in biomedical engineering under Dr. Carl A. Nelson. His dissertation is titled, "An Intelligent Modular Tool for Minimally Invasive Surgery." Miller is from Bellevue, Nebraska.

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2009 Lowe R. & Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Masters Thesis Award

Funded by the Folsom family through the University of Nebraska Foundation, this award recognizes and rewards distinguished scholarship and research at the master's level.

Curtis Wray is the 2009 recipient. Curtis earned his master's in chemistry under Dr. Wonyoung Choe. Wray's thesis is titled, "Rational Design of Porphyrin Paddlewheel Frameworks." Wray is from Scotia, Nebraska.

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2009 Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education

The Excellence in Graduate Education Award honors faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate mentoring have made a significant contribution to graduate education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rick Bevins and Sebastian Elbaum are the recipients of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education.

Bevins is a professor in psychology. Thirty-five of Dr. Bevins' students have published with him and have been successful at receiving awards and grants including four that have received NRSA grants from NIH, an SRSA grant, an APA dissertation award, a PSI CHI dissertation grant, and a Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco travel award.

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Elbaum is an associate professor in computer science and engineering. In the previous three years he closely advised nine graduate students that obtained their degree at UNL and co-authored papers with all of them. He has published multiple papers with PhD students, which have resulted in a total of 19 peer-reviewed conference papers and four journal papers.

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2009 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

The Office of Graduate Studies recognizes the valuable role that graduate teaching assistants play in enhancing undergraduate learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award honors graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated special effectiveness in teaching undergraduates in a variety of settings.

The 2009 recipients are Tamy Burnett and Jennifer Green.

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Burnett of Columbus, Nebraska, is a doctoral student in English and has been a teaching assistant under the supervision of several faculty members including Kwakiutl Dreher, Susan Wortmann, Joy Ritchie and Margaret Jacobs.

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Green of Creighton, Nebraska, is a doctoral student in statistics and has been a teaching assistant in under the supervision of Erin Blankenship.

2009 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award

This award recognizes the excellent quality of research carried out by UNL graduate students and is given based on the student's on-going outstanding contribution to research, future promise as a researcher, and on the originality, imagination, and significance of their research or creative activity.

The recipients of the 2009 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Awards are Anton Turanov and Jamie Wilkinson.

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Turanov of Pushchino, Russia, received his doctoral degree biochemistry after working as a research assistant under the supervision of Vadim Gladyshev.

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Wilkinson of Grand Island, Nebraska is a doctoral student in psychology and is a research assistant under the supervision of Rick Bevins.